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The Lewis Institute was established through a provision in the will of Allen Cleveland Lewis (1821-1877) at the southeast corner of Madison and Robey (now Damen) Avenues. It was incorporated in 1896 as a four year high school with a focus on technical education. An engineering department was established in 1901 and a home economics department in 1912, both began awarding Bachelor of Science degrees in 1917. By 1918 Lewis Institute became a NCA accredited four year college, and the high school academy was discontinued. In 1940 the Lewis Institute and Armour Institute of Technology merged to create the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Found in 48 Collections and/or Records:

Lewis Annual, 1937

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Lewis Annual, 1938

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Lewis Annual, 1939

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Lewis Annual, 1940

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Lewis Annual yearbooks, 1903-1940

Identifier: 001.06.01
Content Description

This collection cosists of copies of Lewis Annual, the yearbook of the Lewis Institute, published almost every year of the Lewis Institute's existence. Yearbooks include information on the graduating class, clubs, student organizations, teams, academic departments, photographs and drawings, and sometimes articles about school activities.

Dates: 1903-1940

Lewis Institute student records, 1925-1940

Identifier: 001.02.03
Description of the Collection

Partial grade reports for Lewis Institute students with last names starting with N. Pages appear to have been cut in half and only the top portions remains.

Dates: 1925-1940

Maximilian August Zink papers, 1911-1974

Identifier: 001.04.01
Scope and Contents Collection mostly includes materials from Zink’s time as a student at Lewis Institute, with some material from alumni activities. Includes several bound and indexed volumes of articles from technical journals presumably collected by Zink (mostly The Architectural Record), class notebooks with assignments and exercises, and some instructional books. Also includes substantial materials related to Daedalian fraternity, including an alumni scrapbook with correspondence, alumni directory, and...
Dates: 1911-1974

Origins and Development of Evening Undergraduate Education in Chicago: 1891-1939

Identifier: 000.01.09
Description of the Collection

The Origins and Development of Evening Undergraduate Education in Chicago: 1891-1939 by Sandra Averitt Cook. This is a doctoral dissertation submitted to Loyola University of Chicago in 1993. Chapters 7 and 8 discuss, in detail, the history of evening undergraduate programs at Armour Institute of Technology and Lewis Institute.

Dates: 1993

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Record Type
Digital Record 37
Collection 11
Education--Illinois--Chicago 5
Students--Social life and customs 3
College students 2
Architecture 1
Architecture--Designs and plans 1

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